5th Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Media Summit on Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness began from 25- 26 April 2019 in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was attended by more than 200 participants including political leaders, UN agencies representatives, NGOs, Experts of climate change and disaster management, scientists and media persons.
- It objective was to address issue of fully utilizing media’s potential of accelerating climate action and disaster preparedness and connect stakeholders to media professionals for collaboration and joint practical projects.
- Theme was “Media Solutions for Sustainable Future: Saving Lives, Building Resilient Communities”.
- Kathmandu Media Action Plan for Media Integration in Climate Action and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was adopted at summit.
- It also included a comprehensive session on Sendai Framework for DRR,
The Kathmandu Media Action Plan
It will be included in Global Platform for DRR to be held in Geneva, 15 – 17 May 2019. It lists concrete steps for fully involving media in saving lives and livelihoods. It recommends comprehensive investment in broadcaster networks to make them resilient to hazards, and capacity building so that journalists will be able to prepare their audiences for future disasters.
Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)
It is a non-profit, non-governmental, non- political, professional association of broadcasting organisations, which assist development of broadcasting in region. It was established in 1964, and has Secretariat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With over 272 member in 76 countries on four continents, ABU is biggest broadcasting union in the world. By its member’s network, ABU can reach 3 billion people across the Asia Pacific region. ABU is also member of the World Broadcasters’ Union.